Seattle – Amazon.com (NASD: AMZN) on Tuesday introduced its Appstore for
Android, an online store that will sell applications for mobile devices running
Google’s (NASD: GOOG) Android operating system. The store, which launches with some 3,800
apps, will compete with Google’s own Android Market app store.
requires that Android users have an Amazon account, and download the Appstore
app to their devices.
Users can also demo many of the available apps via a
"Test Drive" feature.
A launch promotion for the Amazon Appstore for Android offers a free download
of "Angry Birds Rio."
The store launches as Apple has filed a trademark complaint against Amazon over its use of "app store," a phrase for which Apple has applied for a trademark.